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The Brutal Side of Papal Politics – This article looks at the brutal politics involved in choosing a new pope. “From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window between a pope’s death or resignation and the election of his successor.”

Culture Creep – Andree Seu Peterson goes to the news to show us how an orientation is born, showing how pedophilia is being redefined in that way. She points to “a case study in journalistic slouching toward Gomorrah.”

Six Types of Selfishness – R.W. Glenn highlights six types of selfishness that Jesus died to kill.

No Compromise – You can now listen to or watch all of the sessions from last week’s Ligonier Ministries National Conference. Speakers include R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, and Steven Lawson.

Christians in North Korea – “The fanatical regime, which rules the destitute country of 24 million people with a proverbial iron fist, has a special hatred for Christians,” Jerry Dykstra of the California-based Open Doors USA noted. “North Korea is in a league of its own when it comes to persecution of Christians.”

Pastors, Christians and Louis C.K. – This is an interesting little article. One obvious takeaway is that pastors need to be more careful with videos they show before their services! But there are other applications as well.

Book of Judges Infographic – Here is an infographic for the book of Judges.

What Exploded Over Russia? – This is fascinating.

Sin has the devil for its father, shame for its companion and death for its wages.

—Thomas Watson

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    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.